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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844164926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844164929
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucien Soulban has authored and co-written over 90 roleplay supplements, and has helped launch three roleplay games. He wrote the script for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Winter Assault computer games. He currenly works as a script writer for videogame giant Ubisoft Montreal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Holt on 16 Oct. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, for me, was a little slow to start. Around half the book was devoted to explaining a lot of background and the implications of this, which although would be great for Tallern 'fluff nuts' I found myself loosing faith and almost put it down. Luckily I didn't.

The second portion of this book has everything a 40k fan could hope for; Alien invasion, sneaky tactics and big bloody battles! I enjoyed this a lot more, and only hoped the action had started sooner!

I would recommend this to a fan of the Tallern or of Tyranids as it does get into a lot of depth in the description and attitudes of the characters, although for me it was a little too slow to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2008
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The Tallarn Desert Raiders are one of the more famous of the Imperial Guard regiments but I believe this is the first novel to concentrate solely on these desert warfare specialists. `Desert Raiders' sees the newly formed 892nd Tallarn Imperial Guard Regiment dispatched to investigate a psychic distress signal sent from a supposedly uninhabited desert world. Once deployed the small and poorly equipped force is stranded on the planet and tribal tensions soon threaten to tear the regiment apart but the sudden appearance of a Tyranid swarm forces the divided Tallarn's to work together.

This is the second book by Lucien Soulban for the Black Library (the first being the Necromunda novel `Fleshworks') and although the book could use some work it is nevertheless quite enjoyable. The book suffers somewhat from a rather poor first quarter with the tribal conflict rather limited and uninteresting. Thankfully things pickup once the Tyranids arrive and despite some suspect descriptions of the varying Tyranid genus, and a somewhat predictable plot, the book remains interesting and competently written until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. W. Kenrick on 18 Feb. 2010
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Being a lover of all things Imperial Guard I decided to branch out from my usual sourcebooks into some 40k fiction. Desert Raiders was the second Guard-related book I'd read after Dan Abnett's First and Only. I feel a little for the Black Library writers (once you've read some of Abnett's work you'll understand what I mean - there is a real gulf between him and almost everyone else), however I gave it a try.

Desert Raiders deals with one of the "common" regiments of the Imperial Guard, the enigmatic Tallarn Desert Raiders (funnily enough), and I really enjoyed the glimpses of background and traditions we got from the regiment's homeworld. I agree, however, with the other two reviewers in that the tribal rivalries taking up the first third of the book were a little tiresome. However once the Tyranids turn up the classic 40k gore-and-guns action begins and doesn't really let up. However it sometimes suffers, there are only so many times you can describe deaths-by-Tyranid I know but do so many people have to get impaled by tongues? This is part of a wider problem with the book in that it isn't that polished in places. Some of the writing is clumsy and awkward, a sentence from the start of the book springs to mind "Nothing short of Turk's knife at his throat would bring Turk pleasure." Now obviously I wasn't expecting a literary classic but its little things like this that help the book flow.

Another 'con' of this book, in my opinion is the introduction of too many characters. Yes I appreciate its an Imperial Guard regiment and there are, consequently, loads of people in it, but Desert Raiders is just full of people called things like Major Al-Raheem, Sergeant Bashir, Corporal (insert pseudo-arab-inspired name here).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good, but definitely not the best of 40k 18 Feb. 2008
By Brian Long - Published on
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This is the last in a loosely grouped set of books detailing life in the Imperial Guard, and focuses on the Desert Raiders(get it?) of Tallarn, who're famed for riding horses around a futuristic battlefield. Remember the horse part, because this is probably the only reference you'll ever hear about it aside from the cover art.

The plot of the book is incredibly two-dimensional. Guard lands looking for the cause of a distress signal, and are subsequently attacked by Tyranids. The book started off promising, with two warring factions being forced to make nice in the middle of a desert wasteland with dwindling supplies. I was under the hope that this would include a lot more subterfuge and political wrangling, but sadly no.

That being said, the authors action sequences are well written, at a decent pace, and are intelligently thought out, almost to a degree unusual for the Guard. This definitely isn't as good a read as 15 Hours, but if you're looking for a simple pulp novel that you can blast through in a day or two, its not bad either. Heres hoping he's given more plot to play with in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you can get past all the segregation and bickering in the first half, it picks up. 2 April 2008
By Detra Fitch - Published on
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An Imperial listening station's psykers laps into death seizures when someone from the planet Khadar sends a mortis-cry. However, intelligence says there is no expedition, no life, no anything on the uninhabited desert planet. Yet there is no mistaking the enigmatic call for help. The 892nd Regiment is sent to investigate.

The 892nd is a new regiment. It is compiled from the Turenag and Banna Alliances. This creates a huge rift between soldiers due to the fact that the two alliances have been enemies for too many centuries to bother counting. Colonel Nisri Dakar (Turenag) and Lieutenant Colonel Turk Iban Salid (Banna) have a hard time keeping their men from killing each other. The two leaders can barely tolerate each other, much less control their people. However, Commissars Rezail and Tyrell keep them all under control or simply execute the ones causing problems.

Trouble multiplies when (later christened) Cavern Balilica is located. Cavern Balilica holds layers of rich, verdant jungle. It is filled with an eco-system unlike any other seen before; and both alliances want permission to colonize Khadar. Most, but not all, hatreds are put aside when a new threat arrives in the form of a Tyranid Horde.

*** Never before have I seen such segregation among W40K soldiers and I hope I never will again. Who needs Chaos when regimental troops will simply assassinate each other? Almost half the book is bickering, accusing, slowly killing each other off. Once the tyranids enter the story, the two alliances begin to work together; however, the hatred still simmers. The story gets much more interesting as the different forms and weaponry within the Tyranids are revealed. Readers will also get the treat of seeing a tyranid psyker, a hive brain. That, alone, would make this book worthwhile. My opinion is that if you can through all the in-fighting and reach the tyranids, this becomes a great story by the end. ***

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
It tells it how it really is for the life of the Imperial Guardsmen 5 July 2008
By Iehisa - Published on
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As an Imperial Guard Player and fan I highly reconmend this book. You really get a sence of the hopelessness that it is to be an Imperial Guardsman. It was well written and to the point is show that the guard does best and thats die for the emporer. There is one warning after reading this book you may have the urge to get your imperial guard army into combat with some Tyranids!
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Soulban's foray into 40K is promising 22 Jan. 2008
By Keith W. Harvey - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First, let me establish my credentials. I probably own half of the novels published by Black Library, so I am steeped in the Warhammer world, I maintain a standing army of Space Wolves, and I love science fiction, primarily the pulp fiction of the fifties and sixties. With that in mind, let's turn to Lucien Soulban and the Black Library. Most Warhammer fiction is turgid and overwritten and of interest only to a gamer. However, there is some real talent at Black Library-Dan Abnett and Nathan Long, being two notable examples. Desert Raiders belongs to a new series of novels about the Imperial Guards and as such it is a solid addition to the 40K mythology. But more importantly, Lucien Soulban, from a technical standpoint, is a damn entertaining writer. I found only two problems with the book: the trite device that ties the beginning with the end should have been scrapped at editing and the conflict between the two tribes went on way too long. However, once the bugs arrive, the pace is relentless and the action non-stop. All in all, I thought it a solid piece of military science fiction and a worthy Black Library title.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful additi0on to the 40k universe! 6 Jan. 2008
By James Done - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What can I say in praise................ the characters were realistic. The plot moved so that I had read fifty pages and then discovered this in surprise. I liked the middle eastern theme to the Imperial Guard it gave you a look at how varied the Guard really is. With great action scenes and some rather funny ones to this book makes me want to shout "For the Emperor!".
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